2002 album from Peter Gabriel is the soundtrack to the highly acclaimed independent Australian film ''Rabbit Proof Fence'' directed by Phillip Noyce (The Bone Collector, Patriot Games and others). 15 tracks. Realworld Records / 2002 release. No US release is currently scheduled.
Aside from a multimedia pastiche he did for England''s millennium celebration, this soundtrack for Philip Noyce''s film marks Peter Gabriel''s first full slate of original recordings in nearly a decade. In the meantime, Gabriel''s globally ambitious Real World musical mini-empire has taken precedence; the knowledge the musician gleaned there is immediately apparent in his film cues here. While the booming electro-tribal rhythms of previous Gabriel work come instantly into play, there''s a sense of spacious mystery that''s perfectly emblematic of the story''s Australian outback setting. Gabriel''s penchant for dense aural construction gives way to an ambient soundscape punctuated by Aboriginal percussion, didgeridoo, and bird song, and occasionally washed over by lolling tides of synth and samples. It''s an atmosphere that, like the Aboriginal world it evokes, is nearly devoid of traditional melody, but one infused with a gripping, almost subliminal power. "Cloudless" then brings in haunting indigenous voices as well, intertwining them with a wordless, Westernized choral to emphasize Gabriel''s compelling world music vision. --Jerry McCulley
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